non-estrogen based pill

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Registered: 08-18-2009
non-estrogen based pill
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Fri, 11-06-2009 - 6:53pm

Has anyone on here had any experience taken the mini pill or having the implanon implant? My new ob/gyn (military dr) would rather me be on this rather than Loestrin 24 FE because of my migraine history and the risk of stroke. I guess i am leary switching to the mini pill or something different. I have been taking Loestrin 24 FE for the last year or so, without any problems, and haven't had a migraine since really being on it.

Thanks,
Kim

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Sat, 11-07-2009 - 3:14pm

I have been on the mini pill for a year and a half. I love it, almost as much as I did my IUD. no migrains, mood swings, panic attacks

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Registered: 05-18-2006
Sat, 11-07-2009 - 6:29pm

The progesterone only pills (POPs or mini pills) have to be taken VERY exactly for them to be effective. Too big of a risk for me personally. The on time window is about 30 min (as opposed to about 2 hours for regular pills).

Have you considered an IUD? Either the Mirena or the Copper version? Neither have estrogen. You CAN have an IUD if you haven't had a child too.

Mirena has progesterone only (fairly localized as well), known for shorter lighter periods (and sometimes none at all), good for 5 years

the Paraguard (copper) has no hormones at all, known for heavier longer periods and is good for 10 years.

Both have an adjustment period were irregular bleeding/spotting is normal (up to 6 months)

I have the Mirena (3 years in Feb) and LOVE it. I had spotting for about 6 weeks after I had it inserted. My periods got lighter right away and now I have no period most of the time, or just light spotting sometimes. My libido is like when I'm not on birth control with the Mirena.




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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-27-2009
Sat, 12-05-2009 - 9:51pm
I've been on Implanon for about 3 1/2 months now and I love it. At first, I had some pretty bad side effects with it(headaches and nausea) in the first month. I had my last period on Sept 13, 2009 and it lasted about a week. I haven't had a period since then. The good thing about Implanon, to me, is the convenience. I do not have to worry about taking a pill everyday or pregnancy for that matter. The implant is good for three years. Every woman is different so talk to your doctor to get more info on it.